Principal’s Corner – October Update

Get Ready for Madison Fall Spirit Week

  • Monday, October 26: PANTHER PRIDE DAY (Show your school spirit in Madison apparel)
  • Tuesday, October 27: SCARY HAIR DAY (Crazy Hair Day, but with a Halloween twist)
  • Wednesday, October 28: “SLEEPY HOLLOW” DAY (Pajama day)
  • Thursday, October 29: SILLY SPOOKY SOCKS DAY (Wear your favorite silly or spooky socks)
  • Friday, October 30: COSTUME CRAZE DAY (Celebrate Halloween a day early and wear your costume to school. See below for more details)

Halloween at Madison

While we can’t do our usual parade, students and staff are invited to wear costumes to school on Friday, October 30. Please be sure to follow all safety requirements, including wearing their usual face mask with their costumes. We ask for school-appropriate costumes that are comfortable enough for the students to wear in class.

However your family chooses to celebrate Halloween or the Fall season, please do so safely. We want our students to stay healthy and in school as we have thoroughly enjoyed having them back in our hallways and classrooms!

Save the Dates – CogAT Testing for Grades 2 and 5 (Hybrid and Remote)

Second and Fifth grade students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Please see below testing dates/times for both our hybrid and remote learners. Please look for more specific testing information from your child’s classroom teacher.

  • November 9, 10 and 11 – Hybrid 2nd grade and hybrid 5th grade testing
  • November 12 -13, 9 – 11 a.m. – Remote 2nd grade students (testing in person at Madison)
  • November 16 -17, 9 -11 a.m. – Remote 5th grade students (testing in person at Madison)

CogAT is a series of three tests (Verbal, Quantitative, and Non-Verbal). The CogAT provides information on the level of development of general and specific cognitive skills of students. The primary purpose of the CogAT is to provide a description of the student’s own cognitive resources for learning that educators can use to help the student achieve instructional objectives. This information will also be used to help with placement decisions.

There is no need to ask your child to study for this test. It is a measure of cognitive ability and thinking skills. The best way to support your child’s efforts is to encourage him/her to get a good night’s sleep prior to testing days and to eat a healthy breakfast the morning of a testing session.

Madison Safety Update – Scheduled Safety Drill 

On Friday, October 23, our hybrid students participated in a lockdown drill with the help of the Hinsdale Police Department. These drills are a part of our yearly safety plan, and we work closely with the police department to be sure Madison is safe and prepared in the event of an emergency. The students and staff did an excellent job today following all safety procedures! I just wanted you to be aware should you like to have any follow-up conversations with your child(ren). Please just let us know if you have any questions.